EFCC Arrests Ex-Governor, Popular Musician Dead, US Stops Nigeria From Buying Military Equipment

EFCC Arrests Ex-Governor, Wife Over Corruption Allegations

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a former Governor of Nasarawa State and serving senator, Tanko Al-Makura, and his wife.

The couple are currently being grilled by operatives of the anti-graft agency at its headquarters in Abuja, sources in the anti-graft agency told PREMIUM TIMES.

Although details of the allegation against the ex-governor and his wife were sketchy as of press time, the sources said their arrest relates to alleged breach of trust and misappropriation of funds allegedly perpetrated during the former governor’s eight-year administration as Nasarawa State governor.

Mr Al-Makura served as Governor of Nasarawa State between 2011 and 2019 before he was elected into the National Assembly as senator representing Nasarawa South Senatorial District.

When contacted, spokesman of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren said he was yet to be briefed on the development.

When contacted for his comment, the ex-governor’s spokesperson, Danjuma Joseph, said he was not aware of the arrest.

“His Excellency left Lafia (Nasarawa State capital) for Abuja this morning. I am not aware of such arrest,” Mr Joseph said.

The former governor, until Wednesday, has never been known to be facing EFCC probe.

The EFCC had, in fact, been helpful to the ex-governor’s family when a suspected fake investigator allegedly tried to defraud then sitting governor in 2018.
Source – Premium Times

ZZ Top Founding Member Dusty Hill Dies In His Sleep At Home In Texas At Age 72

One of the founding members of the legendary 1970s rock group ZZ Top died this week.

Dusty Hill, a bassist and vocalist for the band, died in his sleep while at home in Houston, Texas, according to his bandmates, Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard who shared the news on social media on Wednesday.

This comes after the musician had to drop out of recent ZZ Top shows when he was taking care of a hip injury this week. It is not known if his death is related to his recovery from the injury.
Source – Daily Mail

US Lawmakers Stop $875m Military Equipment Sale To Nigeria Over Lekki Toll Gate Massacre, Human Rights Abuse

United States lawmakers are stalling a proposed sale of attack helicopters to Nigeria amid mounting concerns about the Nigerian government’s human rights record as its military grapples with multiple security crises at once, Foreign Policy magazine reports.

The top Democrat and Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee have delayed clearing a proposed sale of 12 AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters and accompanying defense systems to the Nigerian military, pausing a deal worth some $875 million, according to U.S. officials and congressional aides familiar with the matter.

The behind-the-scenes controversy over the proposed arms sale illustrates a broader debate among Washington policymakers over how to balance national security with human rights objectives.

The hold on the sale also showcases how powerful U.S. lawmakers want to push the Biden administration to rethink U.S. relations with Africa’s most populous country amid overarching concerns that Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, is drifting toward authoritarianism as his government is besieged by multiple security challenges, including jihadist insurgency.

Nigeria is on the front lines in the battle against Boko Haram, one of the world’s deadliest terrorist groups, and plays a role in U.S. and international efforts to roll back extremist groups in the Sahel region of West Africa.
Source – Sahara Reporters

47 Yoruba Nation Agitators Released From Police Custody

47 out of the 48 Yoruba Nation agitators that were arrested during the July 3 rally in Lagos state, have been released from police custody.

Maxwell Adeleye, the spokesperson for Ilana Omo Oodua, a Yoruba self-determination group, made the announcement in a statement released on Tuesday July 27. He said they were released after meeting their bail conditions.

Among those granted bail are Olasunkanmi Tanimola; Kabiru Lawanson; Chinemerem Emmanuel; RasakiMusibau; Lukman Olalade; Olasanmi Oladipupo; Bashiru Shittu; Taofeek Abdusalam; Olamilekan Abata; Abdullahi Sikiru; Tosin Adeleye; and Babatunde Lawal.
Source – Linda Ikeji

Hushpuppi Pleads Guilty To Conspiracy To Engage In Money Laundering, Faces Up To 20 Years At Sentencing

Nigerian Instagram celebrity, Ramon Abbas a.k.a Ray Hushpuppi has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to engage in money laundering of funds from business email compromise scams and other online heists.

Journalist Evan Ratiff who shared copies of the agreement, revealed that Hushpuppi now faces up to 20 years in prison at sentencing. The agreement he entered is limited to United States Attorney’s Office and not binding to other federal, state, local or foreign prosecuting authorities.

He will henceforth not contest facts entered in the agreement and abide by all agreements regarding sentencing. Hushpuppi is also expected to truthful at all times with the United States probation and pretrial services office and the court.

The Instagram celebrity will pay close to $1.7m as restitution, but this can change based on facts that come up prior to sentencing.
Source – Linda Ikeji

Sonia Ighalo Drags BbNaija’s Uriel Over Alleged Affair With Odion Ighalo

Nigerian footballer, Odion Ighalo’s estranged wife, Sonia Ighalo has accused Big Brother Naija ex-housemate, Uriel of sleeping with the former Super Eagles player.

She took to Instagram drag Uriel while alleging that she had an affair with her husband.

This comes after the reality TV star in an IG post, decried how lots of women stormed her ex-boyfriends DM after she shared a photo of him.
Source – Lailas News

#BBnaija: Beatrice Clashes With Peace, Walks Out On Housemates During Task Prep

As the Big Brother Nigeria Season 6 gathers momentum, there seems to be fire, metaphorically speaking, burning in the House on Wednesday.

Emerging reports suggest that less than a few hours after ‘Biggie’ allocated a task for all to deal with, there is a subtle altercation going on between the head of the House, Peace and another housemate, Beatrice.

Peace had issued an instruction to the housemates, not to interrupt Sammie, who was in charge of the presentation.

She further pleaded that if anyone had anything to say, they were free to raise their hands rather than create a ruckus that would distract whoever was talking at the point.

Despite the stern warning, Beatrice abruptly interrupted Sammy’s flow.
Source – Wuzup Naija